Pack Creek Bear Tour

The Pack Creek Bear Sanctuary on Admiralty Island is one of Alaska’s most accessible, and yet most wild, bear viewing areas. After the scenic flight from Juneau, we walk on the same ground as the bears. Human visitation is limited, allowing us to enjoy a wilderness bear viewing experience. 

Pack Creek is ideal habitat for Alaska’s massive coastal brown bears (grizzlies). Starting in the spring, brown bears come to the meadows to feed and also to pursue mates. This makes it one of the best places to see bears during May and early June. While some Pack Creek bears head into the nearby mountains in mid-June, following fresh green vegetation, some stick around. By the end of June, bears are congregating at the creek, waiting for the first pacific salmon to arrive. From July through early-September, bears can be seen feeding on salmon. This is the place to see brown bears in Southeast Alaska. 

The Pack Creek Bear Tour is a premium guided and fully-outfitted package. We take just 2-5 people to explore some of the most prime bear country on earth and to observe these amazing animals in the protected Kootznoowoo Wilderness on Admiralty Island. While July and August are the peak of bear activity related to salmon, Pack Creek is an excellent place to see bear activity in May, June and September as well.

Pack Creek is in a designated Wilderness. This means that you’ll see the bears in their natural habitat and without crowds of people. 

Pack Creek Tour highlights:
  • Outstanding opportunities to observe and photograph wild bears;
  • 25-minute float plane flight to Admiralty National Monument, inside the Kootznoowoo Wilderness;
  • five-six hours spent exploring a half mile of beach and a meadow where Pack Creek emerges from the mountains and forest to meet the sea, with a possible two mile interpretive hike on a moderate trail through pristine old growth forest to an observation tower above the creek;
  • maximum of five participants on every tour;
  • guided by Alaskan professional naturalists specializing in bear behavior and temperate rain forest natural history;
  • fully outfitted, with rubber boots, rain gear (if needed), day pack, binoculars, and healthy lunch with snacks;
  • $829/person July 5 – August 25. $789/person outside of peak season (Customary Guide Gratuity not included);
  • Trips May 10 – September 15;
  • No regularly scheduled trips June 10-25, as this may be a slow time for bears. Call for special arrangements.

To check availability and make reservations, fill out the grey box on this page with your desired dates. If the date you want is not available, please call us at 907-209-5432.  We will attempt to arrange other permits and flights to accommodate you.